Bears!

Once a week we drive my oldest boy for a class to the nearby town. To my delight (and surprise) I found two little stores with a small selection of fabrics (and wool!) and a large selection of notions! Hurray! I finally can buy thread and zippers and needles and… just around the corner (I prefer buying those things in the store over having to order every little thing over the Internet).

Most of the time I have my little boys in tow and while we wait for my oldest to finish his class, we spend our time in one of those little stores. There is always something I need and from time to time my boys are allowed to select something for themselves, too.  Usually they are allowed to select a button each (a box of an assortment of buttons is the best toy ever! really!) , but recently they where allowed to select fabric for pants.

 

My middle child (he is 5 now) selected those hearty bears. It’s a cotton sweat by Swafing. The pattern is no. 10 from Ottobre 3/2013 in size 116. The pattern calls for poplin for a panel at the sides and a pocket on the back which I omitted. Instead I cut the back piece including the side panel. A cool feature are the welt pockets (my first!). The pocket bag has only one layer which is stitched to the front piece – this takes away some bulk and keeps the pocket nicely in place.

 

My youngest also selected a fabric for himself. His pants are still sitting on the cutting table. I am looking forward for my sewing group to resume, which will give me not only additional sewing time to finish this project but most importantly the joy of sewing socially!

Pattern: no. 10 from Ottobre 3/2013 in size 116. Alterations: I cut the back piece including the side panels, omitted the back pocket and adjusted the length.

Fabric: Swafing Sweat byGraziela Bären Herzen blau / hellblau

Will I do it again? Yes! The next one is already waiting!

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Frida

For my youngest I made Frida by Milchmonster. I actually made this already more than two years ago but never got around posting it and, unfortunately, the little one outgrew those nice pants in the meantime. But I had them lying around recently to show to a friend and the little one (he is now three) found them and put them on! They (almost) fit again without diapers! They are just a bit tight and a bit short…..

I made them according to the pattern in size 80 using a pair of old jeans from my husband. The only alteration I made was to use the largest size for the knee patches.

The back pieces I had to patch together because the original jeans had holes. I patched the back pieces and not the front pieces because I felt that might be more comfortable and I patched both sides (although it would not have been necessary) because of symmetry.

The little one was wearing those pants a lot and I am sad that they are now too small. In some blog posts I read that some are putting a rubber-band into the waistband. I didn’t do that. I felt that the pants are cut relatively snug around the hips which keeps them from falling off. But If you want to make them more roomy, a rubber band might be a good idea.

Pattern: Frida by Milchmonster, size 80. Alteration: I used the knee patches for the largest size.

Fabric: old jeans, leftover pieces of thick fabric for the knee patches, elastic jersey for the cuffs and waist-band from local fabric store.

Will I do it again? I have no plans now. But I start thinking that my oldest might like a pair!

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Short Juist

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I finally managed to finish a sewing project again (apart from doing lots of mending). My older boy is in desparate need of shorts and I finally managed to finish a pair for him (it took me quite a bit of persuasion to have him pose for me – the shorts are better fitting in real life…). I used again the pattern Juist, but this time I made this pants in short form (the first and long version is here). The fabric is a lovely thick cotton from hilco. I realized only while sewing that the fabric has a stretch horizontally, and I would have preferred it without stretch, but the fabric feels great.

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This time I made the elastic in the waist adjustable. In the original pattern the waistband is one long piece that gets longitudinally folded and attached, and the elastic is inserted before the waistband is fully closed. Here I cut the waistband along the longitudinal fold, which yields an inside and outside piece. The inside piece I divided further into three pieces, cutting it where the elastic should enter the waistband. Then I added seam allowance to all edges and sewed the waistband back together, leaving openings for the elastic. Because my son always complaints that the folded over elastic and buttons hurt him, I covered the parts where the elastic enters the waistband with an extra piece of fabric, which can be opened and closed via snap fasteners. I don’t think that this is the best solution, though. Has anyone experience with adjustable elastic and how to hide it?

Fabric: Cotton with horizontal stretch from hilco.

Pattern: Juist Cargohose from Schnittreif bought at farbenmix, size 110-116. I made the following alterations: I made it as shorts, only using the upper leg parts. The waistband is composed of four pieces to allow for the elastic to be adjustable (see description above).

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Juist

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Hurray! Its done! The pants are Juist Cargohose from Schnittreif at farbenmix. The pants are fairly strait and I liked the fact that one has several options for the knee parts. I opted for an extra layer of thick cotton for the knees – my boy jumps through his pants in no time. The fabric is an easy cotton from hilco, and some bits for the pockets and ribbons from the local store.

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This was quite a challenging project for me, because it had several first times (complicated pockets, zipper with flap, snap fastener). Of course it didn’t help, that I decided to use contrasting thread and a to me unknown sewing machine…. I think I opened and redid every second seam.

What I will do better next time:

  • Buy enough thread first time around.
  • Put zipper in correctly right away…..
  • Add loops for belt – it just looks better.
  • Making the rubber band adjustable.
  • Making pants longer! I either screwed up the seam allowance or my boy has really long legs.
  • Probably using bullet prove fabric for the knee pads (just kidding on the bullet prove thing, but something really durable).

If the pants withstand the practical test in kindergarten, then I will sew many more for spring and summer……